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2024/01/11      |  Written By:  Captain F van Wyk   |   Province:  Western Cape

WESTERN CAPE:   Western Cape Multi-disciplinary Kidnapping Task Team arrested a 25 year old suspect on charges of allegedly staging his own kidnapping. On Tuesday 2024-01-02 a foreign national man reported his brother as kidnapped after receiving a message from an anonymous telephone number. According to reports at approximately 05:30 the complainant left his residence at David Venda Street, Betterlife, Philippi East to go to work leaving his brother who was supposed to go and deposit rent money at Shoprite for the premises they are residing at.

It’s alleged that the complainant’s cellular telephone was off and when he switched it on at about 18:00 he found a  message indicating that his brother had been kidnapped and the suspects are demanding a ransom amount between R4000 and R5000 for his safe return. They also said that they took the money and the cellular telephone of the captive and that they are in the Khayelitsha area.

Later on during the day, the wife of the complainant also received a message from a different number saying she must deposit the requested amount to this number. Reports reveal that the brother never returned home on the 02 January 2024 and the ransom demand amount was increased to R15 000. On 09 January 2024 the family decided on the R15 000 ransom demand and made the payment via e-wallet. On 10 January 2024 the afternoon, the captive came back home and admitted that he and his friend staged the kidnapping as they wanted to extort money from his family. He further stated that he used the rent money for gambling.

The suspect is currently detained at Philippi East Police Station, and is scheduled to make his first court appearance in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court on 12 January 2024.